Post by yerblues1968 on Feb 18, 2009 19:13:27 GMT -5
John Lennon in rehearsal photo by Photographer Terry O'Neill.
JOHN LENNON - IMAGINE! Sat 21 Feb 2009 - Mon 13 Apr 2009
Never-before-seen in Australia photos of the late legendary musician John Lennon will go on exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in February.
Ballarat is the only city in Australia to host John Lennon - Imagine! which comes from London's Proud Gallery and is a showcase of rare black and white images by world-class photographers such as Dixie Dean, Tom Hanley, Polly Moseley, Terry O'Neill, Michael Peto, Barry Plummer, David Redfern and Jim Marchese.
The exhibition will also include paintings and sculptures from the 1960s and 70s that are part of the Gallery's own collection by artists of the period. These include John Hopkins, Richard Larter and Robert Rooney as well as Alun Leach-Jones, who went to art school in Liverpool in the 1950s.
The exhibition coincides with the 28th anniversary of the former Beatles' assassination in New York City.
John Lennon - Imagine! opens on Saturday 21 February and runs through to Easter Monday 13 April.
The Gallery is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission to the Art Gallery of Ballarat is free. Entry to the exhibition costs $9 for adults, $5 for concession and is free for children under 16.
Post by yerblues1968 on Apr 17, 2009 22:13:23 GMT -5
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 40 Lydiard St, Nth, Ballarat,Victoria, 3350
ART GALLERY FINDS JOHN LENNON LEGEND CAN STILL DRAW A CROWD
16/04/2009 11:06:00 PM
THE Beatles might have sung All You Need Is Love but all the Art Gallery of Ballarat needed was visitors - and that's what they got.
More than 11,000 people visited the gallery's John Lennon - Imagine! exhibition between February 21 and Easter Monday this year.
An Australian exclusive, the exhibition featured rare photographs of the music legend which were on loan from London's Proud Galleries.
City of Ballarat cultural development manager Ron Egeberg described the attendance figure as "tremendous".
"We had hoped to get 10,000 through but we certainly exceeded that," Mr Egeberg said.
"And the majority of the people who visited John Lennon _ Imagine! then took the opportunity to visit the permanent collection at the gallery, which was our aim all along."
Mr Egeberg said the Easter long weekend in particular had attracted bumper crowds to the gallery.
"Over Easter, we had three times more visitors than we had during the same time last year, which just shows that special exhibitions do encourage people to make the effort to come and visit the gallery,"
Mr Egeberg said the majority of the exhibition's visitors came from three areas - Ballarat, Melbourne and regional Victoria.
"We did have a number of visitors from interstate as well," he said.
"Not only was it the exhibition that drew people (to the gallery) but also it was the marketing plan which was put in place to really create an awareness of this exhibition."
Mr Egeberg said the City of Ballarat's decision to make entry to the gallery free as of August last year had certainly paid dividends.
"By the end of this financial year, we hope to have had over 90,000 people come through the gallery, which will be more than double what we achieved the year before," he said.